CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTER
SPECIAL NEW CLINIC ISSUE FALL 2011
This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. Psalm 118:23 ESV
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
DEAR FRIENDS, Every time I step into CPC’s new medical clinic in Virginia Beach, I can hardly believe my eyes. It is a remarkable place. After so many years of planning, preparation and prayers, it is now a reality and already making an impact for LIFE in our community. The very first woman we had the privilege of serving at the new clinic said, “I am so excited that I am the first client to
be seen here and the first to have an ultrasound. With that being said, I feel it is meant for me to have my baby.” This brave mom represents one of many who have been helped by the new clinic. Since The Keim Center of Virginia Beach opened in June, we have experienced a 22% increase in new patient cases compared to the same period last year. There is no doubt that God has done something great with His provision of the new clinic and is doing something even greater in the lives touched by it. I wish all friends of this ministry could see the new clinic. This is why we have dedicated so much space to it in this special edition of our newsletter. However, you would be even more encouraged if you experienced it in person.
S? U IN O J U O WILL Y CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTER OF TIDEWATER ASKS YOU TO JOIN THE LOVE REVOLUTION REVOLUTION– OUR 26TH ANNUAL BENEFIT BANQUET FEATURING BRUCE WILKINSON WILKINSON, CHRISTIAN LEADER & BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF THE PRAYER OF JABEZ.
We host tours often and we would love for you to see the clinic. Please contact us and let us know when you are available. Feel free to bring your friends, your care group, coffee buddies or whoever. We would love to show you this marvelous work God has done. Hope to see you soon!
Toby DeBause, President
SPONSOR AND TABLE HOST OPPORTUNITIES STILL AVAILABLE! MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2011 2011. SEATING IS LIMITED–BY RESERVATION ONLY. CALL 757.410.9703 TO GET INVOLVED!
Babies are miracles ... how amazing it is to see that tiny heart beating! - Client of The Keim Centers 2
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LOVE BEARS ALL THINGS, BELIEVES ALL THINGS, HOPES ALL THINGS, ENDURES ALL THINGS. LOVE NEVER FAILS. 1 CORINTHIANS 13:6-8A
REAL LIFE: TRUE STORIES FROM THE KEIM CENTERS
Photography by Tracey Sanders • www.traceysandersphotography.com
I believe He is the one that made me find The Keim Center. Carolina and her husband were both serving in the Navy when they first came to The Keim Center, pregnant with their second child and considering abortion. Even though Carolina and her husband had discussed having another baby, they planned to focus on her career instead. After learning Carolina was pregnant, the couple was scared. Carolina said, “[One of the supervisors] said it really clear – that women in the Navy are not useful when they are pregnant. And we do that on purpose not to go to sea duty. I thought they were going to think that [of me], but I really wanted to go to sea duty.” As Carolina and her husband focused on the career plan they had created, they made an appointment at an abortion clinic to terminate her pregnancy. Once at the clinic – physically prepared to complete the procedure – the couple realized this was not what they wanted and they left. Carolina came to The Keim Center looking for help. “During the first session, I was relieved because I was able to say all of the things I was feeling. There was no judgment –
not even in [my advocate’s] facial expressions. She was very supportive. She knew the words to tell me to guide me – she never pushed me into anything. She had the words to comfort me and she made me look for my own answer.” Carolina and her husband knew the best option for them was to choose life for their unborn daughter. She shared the news with her family and employer, all of whom were happy and very supportive of their decision. After a difficult pregnancy, Carolina delivered her daughter and received ongoing support from her advocate to work through the feelings of guilt about her initial decision to abort. Carolina’s husband continues to serve in the Navy, but she is now pursuing a degree in the medical field. God has become an integral part of the family’s life. “I believe He is the one that made me find The Keim Center. [My advocate] was the perfect connector between Him and I.” Carolina and her daughter, Jazmine, are actual clients. Their names and likenesses have not been changed. WWW.CPCFRIENDS.ORG
Photography by Katie Moore
THE KEIM CENTER OF VIRGINIA BEACH
“Very warm and helpful. Impressed by the services.” “I’m so happy that I can come here and not be judged.”
“There are so many resources out there.”
“I couldn’t believe there was another human inside of me.”
TRENDING TOWARDS LIFE
SUSTAINING THE CLINIC
In 2004, the number of abortions in South Hampton Roads climbed to an all-time high – 9,269 precious preborn lives were lost in that year alone.
Prior to opening the Virginia Beach clinic, CPC had reached its monthly funding goal to sustain this new clinic. However, with a challenge grant set to expire and the loss of support in recent months from the tumultuous economy, CPC now needs $7,500 of committed monthly support.
The following year, CPC opened a medical clinic, The Keim Center of Norfolk, offering life-revealing ultrasound services. Since the clinic opened, the number of women The Keim Centers serve annually has increased by 165 percent and abortions in South Hampton Roads have decreased by more than 16 percent. Wanting this trend towards LIFE to continue, CPC began work on opening a new medical clinic in Virginia Beach soon after opening the Norfolk clinic. After many years of prayer and preparation, The Keim Center of Virginia Beach opened on June 6, 2011!
One hour of ministry costs approximately $50. Therefore, this need equates to 150 hours of life saving, heart sparing ministry each month.
Naval Station Norfolk
IDEAL LOCATION Town Center is located within a Strategic Growth Area – areas carefully defined by the city that are planned to accommodate and absorb urban growth.* We recognized early in our search that Town Center is the most convenient location for women considering abortion in Virginia Beach, and will continue to be an ideal location as the area experiences additional growth. Town Center is centrally positioned, easily accessible, and minutes away from anywhere in Virginia Beach. * Learn more about the city council’s Vision 2023 at www.ourfuturevb.com.
“I felt comfortable from start to finish and the service was great.”
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Norfolk International Airport
Virginia Beach Blvd
Our new clinic!
Oceanfront Bonney Road
4356 Bonney Road Virginia Beach, VA 23452
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE KEIM CENTERS 1983 Original steering committee began praying and seeking God’s vision for a ministry that would help women and teens unprepared for pregnancy by providing an alternative to abortion.
1984 Crisis Pregnancy Center of Tidewater became incorporated.
1985 CPC opened its doors for service in Virginia Beach.
1988 Second location opened in Suffolk.
1993 Third location opened in Portsmouth.
Our Medical Director Dr. Diana Fedei has more than 15 years of experience as a board certified medical doctor specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. Not only does she have a passion for serving women in her own practice, Genis Women’s Care, she also volunteers her time to help women and families as the medical director for CPC’s Keim Centers. When asked about her dedication to CPC, Dr. Fedei said, “I support the work of CPC because I believe CPC’s work is the kind with which our Lord is pleased – protecting children, the fatherless and orphans, evangelizing, teaching, disciplining and edifying.” She continues, Dr. Diana Fedei and her son, Christopher “The Lord had me at the right place at the right time to meet the needs of CPC. It’s not a work I would have sought for myself, but there is something fortifying when I know it was my Lord and God who put me there for His purposes.” We are grateful Dr. Fedei accepted the call to serve as our medical director. She is critical to the ongoing work of sharing Christ’s love and compassion with thousands of women and their children here in our community. Thank you, Dr. Fedei!
2003 CPC’s pregnancy centers changed names to The Keim Centers. The name “Keim” is German for life-producing seed.
2005 First medical clinic offering limited ultrasound services opened in Norfolk.
2011 Second medical clinic opened in Virginia Beach.
Photography by Tracey Sanders
Fourth location opened in Norfolk.
VIRGINIA BEACH CLINIC STAFF
Lynsey Hickman, Center Manager
Lynsey began her time at CPC as a volunteer peer counselor and has spent time in each of our four locations. She served as Center Manager for The Keim Center of Portsmouth prior to transitioning to Virginia Beach. Lynsey brings experience, passion and determination to the new clinic.
MAKE IT TO
Jessica Sechrist, RN, Nurse Manager Jessica joined the CPC family in 2010 as a volunteer, and everyone working alongside her regularly witnessed her love for the Lord and the women she served. Jessica has been specially trained in limited obstetrical ultrasound services and is the Nurse Manager for the new clinic.
Vernicia Eure, MA, Director of Client Services Vernicia has served on staff for seven years. She oversees all four locations of The Keim Centers and ensures excellence in daily ministry operations. Vernicia is a remarkable leader and we are grateful for her passion to glorify God by serving women and families facing unplanned pregnancy!
Shannon Elrod, RN, BSN, Director of Nursing
THE OPEN HOUSE?
YOU CAN STILL RESERVE A TOUR! The Keim Center of Virginia Beach is our second local medical clinic. With your help, we serve women by providing: limited obstetrical ultrasounds pregnancy tests medical consultation prenatal vitamins parenting education sharing the Gospel and much more ...
ALL AT NO COST TO THE PATIENT!
Shannon manages all nursing staff and works closely with our medical director, Dr. Diana Fedei, to ensure excellence in medical service at all Keim Center locations. Shannon has a great sense of humor which God uses to bring much joy to all those who work around her and to the women she serves.
Come and see. 757.410.9703
Employment Opportunity We are seeking to hire a Registered Nurse to serve in the role of nurse manager at The Keim Center of Norfolk. She will oversee daily operations of the clinic including medical services, counseling clients and volunteer management. This individual must possess a strong pro-life conviction, a passion for working with women facing unplanned pregnancies, and evidence of a growing relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. For more information, contact Yvonne Mackey at 757.410.9703 or email@example.com. 6
CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTER OF TIDEWATER â€˘ FALL 2011
More than 200 friends toured the new clinic during the open house on July 23, 2011.
As church support for CPC goes up, the number of local abortions goes down.
THANK YOU! A BIG thank you to EVERYONE who helped with the move in and renovations of the new medical clinic! BB&T Blue Sky Catering • John Haynes CL Property Investments, LLC • Charles Hardy CCS • David Jeffers Hackworth Reprographics KC’s Flooring and Kitchens • David Dean Kitchen Concepts Professional Fire Protection • David Bowden South Bay Communications Thalhimer • Robert Thornton • Lindsey Heckel The Real Estate Group • Alan J. Blomdahl Kevin Adams Sam Adams Baxter & Ruth Becker Jo Beuchler Ed Brison
Sherry Budy Charles & Betty Blackman Ben DeBause Michael Diamond Nathan Ferrin Nancy Garrett Aaron Hickman Erica Lane McKaela Lane Jayce LeFevre Kimberly LeFevre Marin LeFevre Kelly Levenstein Stephanie McHenry Kristy Morris Stan Opie Lori Perron Karen Phillips John Polakowski Dennis Pratte Richard Ryan Ginger Scherck Sam Scherck Angelique Segarra Jo Simms Nancy Stowell Nancy Teagle Ferna Williams
Toby DeBause, Crisis Pregnancy Center of Tidewater President
CPC has not been exempt from the effects of this tumultuous economy. So much so that it appeared the new Virginia Beach clinic was not going to be a reality this year. However, God used many individuals and churches who gave unexpected donations that put the clinic back on track for a June 2011 opening.
amount of $40,000! This is the second gift of $40,000 in ten years that LCF has given to CPC. They wanted to give a large gift as they considered investing in a new location for their own church home. LCF is a congregation with approximately 70 people in attendance every Sunday. Toby says LCF “is the biggest small church in Hampton Roads.”
In January, Atlantic Shores Baptist Church started a new campaign to raise funds for several of their own ministry projects. However, they decided to give away the first 10 percent collected to other ministries. They included CPC in their “Thank You Jesus” offering with a donation of $10,000!
Also, as CPC was making final preparations to move into the new clinic location, Church of the Messiah gave a gift of $5,000! God had made provision over and above their need for one month and they wanted to give a portion to another ministry.
The following weekend, Liberty Christian Fellowship (LCF) presented a check to CPC in the
Praise God for His on-time and much needed provision through His Body!
Special thanks to Focus on the Family for providing funding for 80% of the ultrasound machine through their Option Ultrasound Program! Moving in to our new clinic with many helping hands!
“It makes me want to have my baby.”
CPC Board Chair John Burton and President Toby DeBause
“The staff was very easy to talk to and they made me feel at home.” WWW.CPCFRIENDS.ORG
We are so honored the Lord has allowed us the privilege to have Leigh Gorski as part of our volunteer family. For the past 11 years, Leigh has faithfully and generously given her time and talents to invest in CPC’s ministry. Among her many gifts and skills, contributing to the success of our special events is an area where she brings commitment and excellence. Leigh is a natural problem solver, and her eye for solutions has helped us see and implement many creative improvements to longstanding challenges. Her organized and calm demeanor ensures whatever area she is leading is done with great ability and passion. It is evident she genuinely loves people, is resolute in the cause for life and has a heart to serve. Thank you, Leigh, for honoring LIFE and our Lord!
Why do you support CPC as a volunteer? “Eyes are being opened through this ministry, hearts and lives are being changed, and the grace God Himself is showing to CPC is unreal ... can’t wait to see what HE does next!” - Erica
“Working with CPC gives us a chance to be active in ministry. Also, the feeling you get from helping these young ladies and being a part of saving a baby’s life is more complete then anything they could ever imagine.” - Pam
Since 2008, Gail Watkins has demonstrated her committed service to CPC’s ministry and the Suffolk community through her involvement in the Great Expectations (GE) parenting class program. Gail often goes above and beyond the call of duty, filling a void in our ministry when no one else was able. “Grandma Gail,” as clients affectionately call her, builds strong rapport with those who attend GE classes, which builds faithful attendance. In her own words, “Most of the girls have a hard time believing you would be willing to do something for them just because you care about them. It’s a novel experience for them and an opportunity for us to lead right into a conversation about how salvation is a no-strings-attached gift from God, through Jesus Christ!” Thank you, Gail, for nurturing those around you with Christ’s love!
CPC By The Numbers 12
Minimum number of hours call center volunteers receive in training 8
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Individuals “like” CPC on Facebook (including 13 international friends)
Percentage of increase in clients served since opening our first medical clinic
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after the orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27 NIV
Your change is changing lives in our community!
THE JMZ CHALLENGE: Each (1) church sponsors two (2) hours of pregnancy center ministry each month and provides seven (7) volunteers to help CPC.
Current JMZ 1:27 Churches*: Abundant Hope Baptist Church Acts 2 Church Alpha & Omega Baptist Fellowship Atlantic Shores Baptist Church Body of Christ Community Church Central Baptist Church Chesapeake Vineyard Christian Chapel Assembly of God Church of The Messiah Coastlands Community Church Cornerstone Bible Church Deep Creek Baptist Church Faith Community Church First Baptist Church of Norfolk Glad Tidings Church Grace Presbyterian Church
Grace Community Church Great Neck Baptist Church Green Run Baptist Church Harvest Assembly of God Kempsville Church of Christ Kempsville Presbyterian Church Landstown Community Church Liberty Christian Fellowship Liberty Spring Christian Church London Bridge Baptist Church Mount Sinai Church NAB Little Creek Chapel Nansemond River Baptist Church New Berean Baptist Church New Covenant Ministries New Life Providence Church
Open Door Church of Suffolk Point Harbor Community Church Radiant Fellowship River Oak Church South Norfolk Congregational Christian Church Sovereign Grace Church St. Mark’s Catholic Church Tabernacle Church of Norfolk Virginia Beach Beacon Baptist Church Virginia Beach Community Chapel West Park Church of Christ Western Branch Community Church Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church
These churches sponsor at least 2 hours of pregnancy center ministry per month and provide at least 7 volunteers per year. This listing does not reflect all church support of CPC. Other churches give in different ways. All support is needed and appreciated! Two hours of pregnancy center ministry cost $100. *
With the help of your generous donations, we are well on our way to reaching $100,000 in 2011 through LifeChange! To date, we have raised $63,868.37 with 43 individual campaigns. Thank you!
Get started today! Reserve your baby bottle campaign by calling 757.410.9703.
We are thrilled to welcome four new JMZ churches in 2011 – thank you for your committed partnership! Faith Christian Fellowship Jackson Memorial Baptist Church
New Covenant Presbyterian Church New Song Fellowship
Will your church take the JMZ challenge? Call 757.410.9703 today!
Thank you for your generosity in hosting beautiful baby showers for our Great Expectations parenting classes in March, June and September!
Central Baptist Church (Ports) Women’s Ministry Cypress Community Chapel Forefront Christian Church 40 Days for Life Harbor Point Community Church (Moms on Point)
Weeks of education offered quarterly through Great Expectations classes
Harvest Assembly London Bridge Baptist Church Moms for Christ MOPS of Bethel Baptist MOPS of Redemption Church Olive Grove Baptist Church
Southside Baptist Church Vertical Church Western Branch Community Church Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church
LifeChange baby bottles distributed in 2011 (to date)
Crisis Pregnancy Center of Tidewater 1021 Eden Way North, Suite 116 Chesapeake, VA 23320 757.410.9703 office 757.389.5627 fax firstname.lastname@example.org www.cpcfriends.org www.cpcfriendsblog.com www.facebook.com/cpcfriends www.twitter.com/cpcfriends www.youtube.com/cpcfriends The Keim Centers Norfolk 2121 Colonial Avenue Norfolk, VA 23517 Virginia Beach 4356 Bonney Road, Building 1, Suite 103 Virginia Beach, VA 23452 Suffolk 302 North Main Street, Suite A Suffolk, VA 23434 Portsmouth 4224 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 757.499.4444 helpline email@example.com www.keimcenters.com Contributions to this ministry are tax deductible.
FALL 2011 TER C R I S I S P R E G N A N C YO FCT I DEENWAT ER
Crisis Pregnancy Center of Tidewater P.O. Box 119 Norfolk, VA 23501
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NON-PROFIT ORG U.S. POSTAGE PAID NORFOLK, VA PERMIT #671
Diapers (all sizes) • Wipes Baby hygiene items (bath soap, shampoo, lotion) Diaper rash cream FASHIONABLE maternity clothes Bath towels/washcloths Nasal aspirators • Nail clippers Medicine droppers New bottles • Bottle brushes Outlet safety plugs Changing pads • Diaper bags Pacifiers • Spoon and feeding sets Bassinets with sheets • Crib sheets Boppy • Snuggli • Empty gift bags
I have always been pro−life ... and I couldn’t believe I didn’t want to keep the baby. I felt very guilty. Read more of Carolina’s story inside
VOLUNTEER NEEDS Call Center Advocates Client Advocates Receptionists (all locations) Registered Nurses Registered Sonographers
Commercial paper cutter Enclosed trailer Sound system • Multimedia projector